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April 26, 1990 | By George Anastasia and Mike Schurman, Special to The Inquirer
The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office, after a week-long investigation, announced yesterday that it had found no evidence to support allegations that Atlantic City mayoral candidate James Whelan acted in an immoral or improper way toward a 10-year-old male student at the school where he teaches. "Our investigation is completely devoid of any facts that give rise to an allegation of sexual misconduct," Prosecutor Jeffrey Blitz said in a prepared statement released yesterday. "The investigation is closed.
NEWS
March 21, 2003 | By Kathleen Brady Shea and Dan Hardy INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
An English teacher and wrestling coach at Phoenixville Area High School was taken into custody yesterday and accused of sexual misconduct with two 16-year-old female students. Adam Hawke Staton, 29, of Pottstown has been charged with 30 counts of corruption of minors and two counts of indecent exposure. He was arraigned by District Justice Theodore P. Michaels and released on $75,000 unsecured bail. Superintendent David R. Noyes said the school district ran its own inquiry as police conducted a month-long investigation.
SPORTS
August 5, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
Terdema Ussery, the president and chief executive officer of the Dallas Mavericks, is the subject of an internal investigation involving sexual misconduct, a team official confirmed. The Mavericks deferred questions about the investigation to their attorney, Tom Luce, who would not talk specifically about the accusations or the extent of the investigation. Ussery and Mavericks owner Ross Perot Jr. were unavailable. "Like most businesses, in the interest of fairness and privacy, we do not comment on individual personnel matters," Luce said.
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April 9, 2012 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 19-page letter from the U.S. Department of Education to colleges and universities across the nation last April made already-busy Philadelphia lawyer Gina Maisto Smith even busier. The letter emphasized that colleges had to respond to any complaint of sexual misconduct, even if the victim didn't want to press charges or otherwise pursue it. Some colleges hadn't been investigating such complaints even though a 2001 Education Department document recommended it, said Smith, a former sex-crimes prosecutor who now specializes in law involving sexual misconduct on college campuses and other institutions.
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January 30, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania State University would require most of its employees - from janitors to professors and secretaries - to report allegations of sexual misconduct, under a recommendation from a university task force report being released Thursday. But the employees could offer to refer a victim to a mental-health counselor or certain other staffers who could keep the story confidential. The recommendation, one of 18 to emerge from the report on campus sexual assault and misconduct, would be unusual for so large a university, though it has been adopted by some smaller colleges.
NEWS
September 11, 2002 | By Peter Sigal INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Seven women who accused male staff members in the Bucks County prison of repeated sexual misconduct will receive a total of $345,000 in a settlement reached yesterday. Criminal charges against three guards and a counselor were filed in May 2001 after a three-month investigation by county detectives. All four were convicted of the charges. Alan Yatkin, a Center City attorney who represented one of the women, said yesterday's settlement conference was the first attempt to resolve the case, which was filed in federal court in Philadelphia in December.
NEWS
September 17, 2003 | By Mario F. Cattabiani INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
One often groped his secretary. Another stalked an assistant, and a third made a habit of pulling clerks onto his lap as they walked by. All were majors, among the highest-ranking officers in the Pennsylvania State Police. Two were allowed to retire and the other merely faced counseling instead of sexual-harassment charges. "The repeated occurrence of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct at such a high level shows a failure to appreciate a serious issue within the agency," state Inspector General Donald L. Patterson said yesterday in a 112-page report on sexual misconduct and harassment on the State Police force.
NEWS
May 21, 1993 | By David Hess, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
You can't throw someone out of the U.S. Senate just because some voters think he lied during his election campaign, the Senate Rules Committee decided yesterday. The committee voted unanimously to reject a bid to overturn Sen. Bob Packwood's election in Oregon last fall on the grounds that he lied about alleged sexual misconduct. Packwood said he was pleased with the vote "both for myself and for the Senate. " "The last thing the Senate wants to do is get into the practice of conducting autopsies . . . every two years if the loser claims the winner told a lie," he told the Associated Press.
NEWS
March 26, 1997 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
The Army, buffeted by a sexual-misconduct scandal and eager to make itself more hospitable to women, is likely soon to have its first female three-star general. Maj. Gen. Claudia J. Kennedy, an intelligence specialist and 28-year veteran, was nominated yesterday to become a lieutenant general. Kennedy, the Army's assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence since July 1995, also is being nominated as deputy chief of staff for intelligence. Kennedy's appointment must be confirmed by the Senate.
NEWS
May 30, 1994 | By Kristin E. Holmes, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Over the past three months, the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania has required that 1,500 of its clergy, employees and volunteers attend two workshops on the issue of sexual misconduct and the church. Shown at the workshops are videos in which child-abuse episodes are described in detail - by victims and perpetrators. "The reality is that employees, lay and clerical, have both been offenders as well as victims," said the Rev. Canon Nancy H. Wittig, co-chairwoman of the diocesan Task Force on Sexual Misconduct.
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March 3, 2015
ISSUE | CRITIC REVIEW Diners need LaBan As a frequent restaurant patron, I find Craig LaBan's reviews fair, fact-based, and generally quite useful ("Fed up with negative eatery reviews," Feb. 25). Far from being snide, as a letter writer contended, LaBan has been a cheerleader to restauranteurs who provide consistently excellent (and in some cases, groundbreaking) food and service. Each year, I keep a copy of LaBan's "Year in Bells" for reference; the number of two-, three-, and four-bell reviews attest to his strong support for those who deliver quality.
NEWS
February 23, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Princeton dean and professor of literature and African American studies will lead Swarthmore College when the new academic year begins. The school announced Saturday that Valerie Smith, 59, would become the 15th president of the 150-year-old institution beginning July 1. She becomes Swarthmore's first African American president. "I was really struck by the passionate commitment faculty, staff, and students have toward Swarthmore," Smith said, " . . . the level of deep intellectual engagement.
NEWS
January 30, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania State University would require most of its employees - from janitors to professors and secretaries - to report allegations of sexual misconduct, under a recommendation from a university task force report being released Thursday. But the employees could offer to refer a victim to a mental-health counselor or certain other staffers who could keep the story confidential. The recommendation, one of 18 to emerge from the report on campus sexual assault and misconduct, would be unusual for so large a university, though it has been adopted by some smaller colleges.
NEWS
January 30, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A FIERY SEX scandal threatens to burn up multiple firefighters' careers, including some top brass, according to former Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers. Ayers told the Daily News yesterday that the investigation into a young paramedic's claims of sexual misconduct began shortly before Ayers retired in June. The paramedic - whose identity is being withheld by the Daily News because of the nature of the allegations - has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging misconduct by another paramedic.
NEWS
September 5, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A FEDERAL JUDGE ruled yesterday that a former Temple student who sued the school in a sexual-misconduct case cannot proceed under the pseudonym "John Doe" and will have to use his real name in future court filings. The "potential harm to Doe and those similarly situated is not enough to outweigh the public's interest in an open proceeding," U.S. District Judge Anita Brody wrote in an opinion. "Sexual assaults on college campuses and the measures universities are taking to respond to these incidents are important issues commanding national attention," she noted, adding that the "dispute, and Doe's name, will contribute to the current debate about sexual assault.
NEWS
August 18, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A FORMER TEMPLE University student has filed a lawsuit against the school claiming it unfairly expelled him after a female student accused him of sexual assault. The plaintiff, whose name is not disclosed in the federal lawsuit, filed Tuesday, claims he engaged in consensual sexual acts (but not intercourse) with the female student on Sept. 22, 2012, when they were both enrolled at Temple. The suit claims that "Temple adopted and applied sexual misconduct policies and procedures that disproportionately affect male students" and deprived this particular student of his due-process rights in violation of the U.S. Constitution and Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.
NEWS
July 21, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writers
He called it consensual. She called it rape. Their college, Swarthmore, acted decisively. He was expelled. Those spare facts make up the little that the parties can agree upon in a lawsuit working its way through federal court in Philadelphia. The young man at its center - an honors student and former high school class president identified in court filings only as John Doe - says he was wrongfully accused and found guilty of sexual misconduct by a school eager to quash criticism that it did not take assault allegations from female students seriously.
NEWS
May 8, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER Following an unprecedented rash of reported sexual assaults on campus, West Chester University students pushed for change from community and campus officials at a rally Tuesday, with several saying they feel unsafe at the school. "I don't want to see timely warnings that the only preventative measures are just for me to not drink that much and to not wear my dress too short," said a student who said she was sexually assaulted last year in her dorm room. "That's not acceptable.
NEWS
April 4, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nationally, the practice is known as "passing the trash" - when a school district allows an employee accused of sexual misconduct to resign quietly and might even offer a reference for a job elsewhere. On Wednesday, Pennsylvania legislators took a step toward making the state one of the few in the nation to require the disclosure of sexual-abuse allegations as part of the application process for school-related jobs. The legislation aims to prevent cases such as the one involving Eric Romig, a basketball coach at a private school in Bucks County who, authorities said, was allowed to leave for "medical reasons" in 2009 after he propositioned girls on his team.
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